Mysore Mallige Idli | Soft Idli

The distinct white idlies are so soft, fluffy and spongy texture. Very popular breakfast in Southindia This recipe popular in Mysore (my hometown). Mallige means Jasmine it is named after Mysore. It has been many variations to make batter.

Prep Time : 45 mins + 8 hours Fermentation
Cook Time : 8 Mins
Yield 4 people


  • Idli rice - 2 cups
  • Urad dal / Black split lentils - 1/2 cup
  • Sabudana /Tapioca Sago - 1/4 cup
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Water for grinding
Method for Batter
  • In a bowl idli rice and sabudana together using 2 cups of water and soak for 4 hours 
  • In a separate bowl urad dal using 1 cups of water and soak for 4 hours
  • In wet grinder / mixer (i used wet grinder) Switch on the grinder and press start button while running the wet grinder 
  • Drain off the water on another bowl (do not discard) and add rice,sabudana together slowly grind it to coarse batter using little water (use soaked water and if required add little water ) for 20 mins  
  • Then transfer the batter into big pan 
  • Grind urad dal/Udhinabele add very little water grind it to smooth fluffy batter for 25 mins
  • Add salt grind for 5 mins
  • Transfer into same big pan 
  • Mix the batter well (using hands) for 5 mins
  • Cover it with lid tightly and let it for fermentation (approx 8 hours) 
Tip : In the cold weather keep the batter in a warm place and fermentation little more than 8 hours.

Method for Idlis
  1. Grease the idli plates with oil. Stir the fermented batter with a ladle 
  2. Add the batter in to each plate ( plate stand u will get it in India).
  3. Add water turn the gas stove on on low heat. Idli stand keep it in the pressure cooker do not put pressure cooker weight. It will cook in the steam itself let it cook for 8 mins
  4. Turn off the heat and remove the pan lid 
  5. Gently take out the idlis and serve with chutney/sambar 
Note : very important for Idli batter consistency and measurement of the ingredients 

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Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for all the great efforts. Please let us know which idli rice is to be used for mallige idli? A photo of the idli rice would be very much appreciated. Thnks

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Thank you. Here in U.S I have used Swad Idli rice